AWAKENING MIND (1)


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A Commentary on the Awakening Mind ~ Arya Nagarjuna

 Arya Nagarjuna – A Commentary on the Awakening Mind

Sanskrit title: Bodhicittavivarana
Tibetan title: byang chub sems kyi ‘grel pa

Continuation

Homage to glorious Vajrasattva!

It has been stated:

Devoid of all real entities;
Utterly discarding all objects and subjects,
Such as aggregates, elements and sense-fields;
Due to sameness of selflessness of all phenomena,
One’s mind is primordially unborn;
It is in the nature of emptiness.

Just as the blessed Buddhas and the great bodhisattvas have generated the mind of great awakening, I too shall, from now until I arrive at the heart of awakening, generate the awakening mind in order that I may save those who are not saved, free those who are not free, relieve those who are not relieved, and help thoroughly transcend sorrow those who have not thoroughly transcended sorrow.

Those bodhisattvas who practice by means of the secret mantra, after having generated awakening mind in terms of its conventional aspect in the form of an aspiration, must [then] produce the ultimate awakening mind through the force of meditative practice. I shall therefore explain its nature.

VERSE 94
FOR THOSE DISHEARTENED ON EXISTENCE’S ROAD,
FOR THEIR RESPITE THE TWO WISDOMS THAT LEAD
TO THE GREAT VEHICLE HAD BEEN TAUGHT;
THEY ARE [HOWEVER] NOT ULTIMATE.

To be continued…

This concludes A Commentary on the Awakening Mind composed by the great master Arya Nagarjuna. It was translated and edited by the Indian abbot Gunakara and the translator Rapshi Shenyen, and was later revised by the Indian abbot Kanakavarma and the Tibetan translator Patsap Nyima Drak.

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No Dharma other than this ~ Gampopa

First, turn your mind away from this life by meditating on impermanence.

Then meditate on the faults of samsara. The purpose of meditation on the faults of samsara is to turn the mind away from the entirety of samsara.

When your mind has turned away from samsara, meditate on bodhicitta.

First there is meditation on relative bodhicitta – wishing, from the depths of your heart, that all beings will have happiness, freedom from suffering, and complete buddhahood. Then view everything you do as being for the welfare of all beings. Have no concern for your own desires but develop an aspiration with the Mahayana perspective of benefiting others as your goal. That is how you meditate on relative bodhicitta.

Meditation on ultimate bodhicitta is simply remaining in the mind as it naturally is, a state in which all thoughts of perceiver and perceived, self and other, are intrinsically devoid of reality. Practicing in that way during each of the four kinds of behavior is what is called meditation on ultimate bodhicitta. Practicing in that way brings the realization and attainment of ultimate bodhicitta.

There is no Dharma other than this.

~ GAMPOPA

From: “A String of Pearls. A Collection of Dharma Lectures”
By Gampopa (1079–1153)

From: “Mahamudra and Related Instructions. Core Teachings of the Kagyü Schools”
Translated by Peter Alan Roberts
The Library of Tibetan Classics – Volume 5
General editor: Thupten Jinpa  

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Open-mindedness as dharma practice ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

“It is so important for children to grow up open-minded, recognizing that all values are projected and subjective rather than ultimate and indestructible. Once they see that all phenomena are not solid, fixed, and rigid but like a mirage, a shooting star, and a magical illusion, they will be far more creative in handling all aspects of human life [with kindness/ warmhearted wisdom] including the economy, relationships, and respect for the natural world.”

~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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Wakefulness and wisdom ~ Padmasambhava

Your essence is not permanent, since it is stamped with emptiness. lt is not a nihilistic nothingness, since it is awake and unconfined. It is not something that becomes enlightened, since it remains as dharmakaya itself. There is no fear of [continuing in] samsara, since samsara is liberated into dharmakaya. Once thoughts are utilized as wakefulness and suffering dawns as wisdom, there is no thing to be purified.

When you know how to practice in this way, you are unmistaken. Train in prolonging this. Without interruption, train delightedly. Once you have trained in this way, your former tendencies to cling diminish. By the power of this training, clarity, bliss, and the feeling of having no body will occur.

Without this training, you will not cut through momentary deluded thinking, and you will not interrupt your former tendencies to cling. Therefore, train thoroughly in never separating your mind from dharmata, like a great banner unruffled by wind.

Furthermore, just like a vain girl looks in the mirror to see if there might be any blemish on her face, always train, by means of samadhi, in inspecting whether there might be any flaw of dullness or agitation in your view and conduct. This was the instruction for training in the bardo of samadhi.

Thus he spoke.

(𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙃.𝙀. 𝘾𝙝𝙤𝙠𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙍𝙞𝙣𝙥𝙤𝙘𝙝𝙚)

𝗧𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗨𝗥𝗘𝗦 𝗙𝗥𝗢𝗠 𝗝𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗣𝗘𝗥 𝗥𝗜𝗗𝗚𝗘
𝑻𝑯𝑬 𝑷𝑹𝑶𝑭𝑶𝑼𝑵𝑫 𝑻𝑹𝑬𝑨𝑺𝑼𝑹𝑬 𝑰𝑵𝑺𝑻𝑹𝑼𝑪𝑻𝑰𝑶𝑵𝑺 𝑶𝑭 𝑷𝑨𝑫𝑴𝑨𝑺𝑨𝑴𝑩𝑯𝑨𝑽𝑨 […]

𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙨𝙡𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙙𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙀𝙍𝙄𝙆 𝙋𝙀𝙈𝘼 𝙆𝙐𝙉𝙎𝘼𝙉𝙂 & 𝙈𝘼𝙍𝘾𝙄𝘼 𝘽𝙄𝙉𝘿𝙀𝙍 𝙎𝘾𝙃𝙈𝙄𝘿𝙏
𝙍𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙟𝙪𝙣𝙜 𝙔𝙚𝙨𝙝𝙚 𝙋𝙪𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨

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Each of the Three Aspects Reinforces the Others ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Each of the three principal aspects of the path reinforces the other two. There is a practice you can do where you focus on one of the aspects for a certain period — say, a day — and then move to the next.

Let’s start with renunciation. You determine that for the whole of that day you will make your project renunciation. You still do what you would normally do — go to work, go shopping, or whatever — but instead of the usual motivation of gaining the maximum pleasure for yourself, try to see that the nature of everything is suffering, which it is.

So, when you go to a shop, don’t buy things in order to increase your attachment and dissatisfaction but to see how involved you are with the affairs of this world. Do the same with your work or watching a movie.

Look around you at all the activities going on in your city, how busy everybody is and how, really, almost all of it is about attachment and ignorance and so has the nature of suffering.


Three types of suffering

The suffering of suffering

Specifically, it all has the three types of suffering: the suffering of suffering, the suffering of change, and pervasive compounding suffering. Look at those on the streets who are obviously suffering. This is the first of the three types of suffering, the suffering of suffering.


The suffering of change

But also look at those who think they are enjoying themselves shopping, eating, drinking, having a good time. They are experiencing the suffering of change, the second type of suffering, which we would normally regard as pleasure. Because of its transitory nature, it is bound to let us down and so is also a form of suffering.


Pervasive compunded suffering

On top of that, everybody is experiencing pervasive compounding suffering, the third of the three types of suffering. Because our five aggregates are controlled by karma and delusion, their nature is suffering.

No matter where you look, you see all three types of suffering. There is not one tiny part of the city that is free from suffering. No matter who you see — the very rich, the very poor, whatever lifestyle, whatever job — they are still continuously suffering. Whether they are experiencing pleasure, pain, or indifference, they are still suffering.


Looking deeper than busy with mental activity

This is what you should look out for, looking below the surface of all the busy activities. Just hanging around on a street corner can be a whole lamrim teaching. If you watch the people and animals around you with this lamrim awareness, then everything becomes advice to you and becomes the cause to strongly generate the thought of the renunciation of samsara, the first of the three aspects of the path. It causes you to renounce the causes of suffering, the very things that the other people are chasing.


Dependent arising

Furthermore, you see how all these things are in fact empty of existing independently, and you develop deep compassion for those around you, which leads to bodhichitta.


Generate bodhicitta in your mind

On another occasion, do the same thing but this time focus on practicing bodhichitta, the second aspect. Use everything you see to generate bodhichitta within your mind.

Rather than seeing the different types of suffering that others around you are experiencing as a means of generating the thought to renounce samsara, see how all these things tie these beings into suffering, creating the cause to circle in samsara, and so develop great compassion for all of them.

Whoever you see, use that person to develop compassion: a blind person, a poor mother with many children, a busy executive, a police officer, a criminal. They are each suffering in their own way, each experiencing the results of the previous negative karma they have created, and so each is deserving of compassion.


Gratitude

And because you rely on them to develop compassion, they are offering you a great kindness, so remember their kindness and do tonglen for them, the practice of taking all their suffering and offering them all your positive qualities. Doing this, everything becomes a lesson in bodhichitta.


Seeing everything as an illusion

Finally, you can do the same with an understanding of emptiness, the third of the three aspects of the path. Leave your house determined that everything you do and see that day will be done with the motivation of seeing everything as an illusion or as an example of dependent arising, arising in dependence on causes and conditions.

Whatever you see — every shop, every car, every person, every dog, every tree — be aware that to your senses it appears as existing from its own side, but that is completely untrue. In fact, everything is completely empty of existing from its own side.


Three principal aspects of the path

Using the three principal aspects of the path like this, you can use every experience in your normal day to lead you further toward enlightenment.


~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Bodhichitta Practice for a Meaningful Life, Wisdom Publications

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May you enjoy the meaning of goodness

Hello everybody,

His Holiness Sakya Trizen sent this card last year, so I am reading from that…

In the field of bright new year date
Well planted the seed of goodness of virtue of hundreds of auspiciousness
Perfect happiness are the branches of the tree
May you enjoy the meaning of goodness, the fruit of having done well (so that means good karma)
So please enjoy your life, by transforming as much as possible, your body speech and mind in virtue.
Thank you very much !

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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Collection of verses for contemplation

If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.

If there is a remedy, then what is the use of frustration? If there is no remedy, then what is the use of frustration?

***

All the suffering there is in this world arises from wishing our self to be happy. All the happiness there is in this world arises from wishing others to be happy.

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We who are like senseless children shrink from suffering, but love its causes. We hurt ourselves; our pain is self-inflicted! Why should others be the object of our anger?

***

Unruly beings are as unlimited as space
They cannot possibly all be overcome,
But if I overcome thoughts of anger alone
This will be equivalent to vanquishing all foes.

Where would I possibly find enough leather
With which to cover the surface of the earth?
But (wearing) leather just on the soles of my shoes
Is equivalent to covering the earth with it.

Likewise it is not possible for me
To restrain the external course of things;
But should I restrain this mind of mine
What would be the need to restrain all else?

***

All the happiness there is in this world comes from thinking about others, and all the suffering comes from preoccupation with yourself.

When happiness is liked by me and others equally, what is so special about me that I should strive after happiness only for myself?

***

May the blind see the forms,
May the deaf hear sounds.
May the naked find clothing,
The hungry find food;
May the thirsty find water
May the poor find wealth,
Those weak with sorrow find joy;
May the forlorn find new hope,
Constant happiness and prosperity.
May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed;
May the powerless find power,
And may the people think of benefiting one another

For as long as space endures
And for as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I too abide
To dispel the misery of the world.

~ Shantideva


The Bodhisattvas Way of Life

My foes will become nothing.
My friends will become nothing.
I, too, will become nothing.
Just like a dream experience,
Whatever things I enjoy
Will become a memory.
Whatever has passed
Will not be seen again.

~ Shantideva

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Madhyamakāvatāra, Entering the Middle Way ~ Candrakirti

Continuation

The Sixth Ground, The Manifest

Verse 6.218
Since they originate from their conditions,
things lack existence as composites.
The composite is itself empty of composite,
and this is emptiness of nonthings.

Verse 6.219
In brief, the term thing is used
to refer to the five aggregates.
They are empty of themselves,
and this is called emptiness of things.

Verse 6.220
In brief, nonthing is used
to refer to unconditioned phenomena.
These nonthings are empty of themselves,
and this is emptiness of nonthings.

To be continued…

Translated by Thupten Jinpa

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Those who become Buddhas ~ 14th Dalai Lama

Those who become Buddhas

– put others before themselves.

Doing so is the secret to their success

– on the path to enlightenment.

Their determination to be of benefit to others

– allows them to accomplish two goals:

they help others, and at the same time, – without trying,

– they achieve their own temporary and ultimate happiness.

~ 14th Dalai Lama

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The result is determined by your motivation ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

The result of your path is determined by your motivation,
no matter what practice or action that you engage in.
It is your motivation behind your practice or action
that determines the type of momentum that is built up in your mind.

For example, you could make thousands and thousands of lavish offerings at a buddhist shrine with the motivation of wishing that the positive karma ripens into a fortunate situation for yourself. But you would get closer to enlightenment by making just one single offering of anything anywhere with the motivation of bodhicitta.

No matter what practice or action that you engage in, it is so important to check your motivation, – as it is only bodhicitta that will take you to buddhahood.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

(Often translated as the mind of enlightenment, bodhicitta is the compassionate wish to attain the enlightened state of a buddha for the benefit of all beings).


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The qualities of Buddha ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

“This unceasing knowledge aspect of wisdom is of two sorts:
knowledge of things as they are and knowledge of things as they appear.

In knowledge of things as they are, emptiness is realized as it is. 

In knowledge of things as they appear, the causes, conditions, and results – whether simultaneous or not, whether deluded or not – of all phenomena of samsara, nirvana, and the path – from form up to omniscience – which arise from the self-expressive power of emptiness, are perfectly distinguished.

When we say, ‘I pay homage to the omniscient one, the perfect buddha bhagavat,’ the reference is to the wisdom of the two knowledges. This is because of the qualities of the Buddha are nothing more than the two knowledges.”

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – Oral Transmissions on ‘Three Words That Strike The Vital Point’ – on Meditation – Collected Works, Vol III pg 620 – Shambala

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Learning about emptiness and the universal compassion of bodhicitta

Here His Holiness the Dalai Lama is offering the pure form of the universe to the pure Buddhas so that all beings may become totally pure Buddhas.

From our side we must practice. First we must learn about emptiness and the universal compassion of Bodhicitta.

Then we must practice the 6 perfections of generosity, tolerance, ethical discipline, joyous perseverance, concentration, and the wisdom of emptiness.

Whenever we give, think the person giving (ourself), the recipient of our gift, and the act of giving, all these have no objective existence from their own side. They are merely dependently arisen. Even if these are meaningless words, please become familiar with them.

Study more, meditate more, and read His Holiness’ “How to See Yourself as You Really Are.”

Practice the same way with the other 5 perfections. Emaho!

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Buddha means awareness

buddha means awareness
the awareness of body and mind
that prevents evil [negativity] from
arising in either.

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The Instructions Lamrim in Sixty Verses ~ Loden Sherab Dagyab Rinpoche

Based on the teachings of the 14th Dalai Lama this Lamrim (stages of the path) corresponds to the inclinations and needs of 21st century Buddhists.


THE INSTRUCTIONS LAMRIM IN SIXTY VERSES

I prostrate to the Sugata Essence, the seed innate in all living beings that can be developed to become the perfection of abandonment [renunciation from delusion] and insight.

Continuation

The path in common with the person of middling scope

Renunciation by contemplating the sufferings of samsara

Verse 29

By understanding how, in this samsaric existence,

we are tormented by a myriad of unwanted faults,

such as the formative all-pervading suffering,

I will develop a heartfelt attitude of renunciation.

(To be continued…)

Translated by Gavin Kilty as an offering to Dagyab Rinpoche

Download full text: https://www.dropbox.com/…/AADwe2pnp6kF-LGdavVh_8t5a…

(Folder “Dharma scriptures”, subfolder “Dagyab Rinpoche”)

These sixty verses represent a Lamrim (stages of the path) teaching that differs in sequence from more traditional Lamrims found in the Tibetan scriptural canon. This is because His Holiness the Dalai Lama has for a long time suggested that the entry into the Buddha’s teachings is not necessarily by going for refuge but by understanding dependent origination.

This sequence of practice is in accord with the section on instruction found in the hugely influential Indian Buddhist work, Ornament of Insight authored by Maitreya/Asaṅga. Such a way of entering the teachings is one that follows reason and not faith alone and is therefore not predicated upon the recipient already having faith in Buddhism.

The sixty verses present the traditional “three scopes” but does so in keeping with the instruction chapter of the above work. Hence it is an Instruction Lamrim.

The Dalai Lama suggested to Dagyab Rinpoche that it would prove beneficial if a Lamrim could be compiled in this way, and Rinpoche has kindly undertaken this task.

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Renunciation and bodhicitta ~ Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche

As one begins to practice, I hope one does not practice too many prayers, but just focus on renunciation and bodhicitta. If renunciation and bodhicitta are practiced occasionally, then it is not enough. One must deeply experience a steady sense of renunciation and bodhicitta to qualify as a practitioner of liberation. […]

~ Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche
Infinite Luminosity: A lamp to dispel darkness

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Acting on Our Compassion ~ 17th Karmapa

Once we begin to truly value others’ happiness, it an opportunity arises for us to give others happiness or protect them from suffering, we will be ready to do so. If we are able to nurture a sense of continual readiness to act, we will not miss opportunities to benefit others.

Even if we cannot immediately ensure the welfare of all beings, any time we see an opportunity to benefit any particular being, we will be eagerly waiting to act on our compassion.

When we notice someone hungry in the street, we will look at once for something to offer them.

We will become proactive and start carrying healthy foods to give them, or seek out a local food kitchen to support.

As long as we aspire to benefit others, we will continually find opportunities to do so, and happily seize them whenever they present themselves. Thus this aspiration in itself has great significance and actual power.

~ 17 Karmapa

from the book “The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out”

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Advice for carrying out a practice ~ 14th Dalai Lama

In order to carry out a practice — such as constantly watching the mind — you should form a determination, make a pledge, right when you wake up: “Now, for the rest of this day, I will put into practice what I believe just as much as I can.” It is very important that, at the start of the day, we should set out to shape what will happen later. Then, at the end of every day, check what happened. Review the day. And if you carried through for that whole day your morning’s determination, then rejoice. Reinforce further your motivation to continue in the same line. However, when you do your reviewing, you may discover that you did things during the day that are contrary to your religious values and beliefs. You should then acknowledge this and cultivate a deep sense of remorse. Strengthen your resolve not to indulge in these actions in the future.

– 14th Dalai Lama

from the book “From Here to Enlightenment: An Introduction to Tsong-kha-pa’s Classic Text The Great Treatise of the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment”


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A disciplined mind leads to happiness ~ HH Dalai Lama

A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.

~ HH Dalai Lama

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The heart of practice

The 1st Panchen Lama, Lobsang Choekyi Gyaltsen, in his ‘Guru Puja’ (‘Lama Choepa’) writes, “This chronic disease of cherishing ourselves is the cause giving rise to our unsought suffering; understanding this, we seek the courage and strength to begrudge and destroy this monstrous demon of selfishness.”

This is the heart of the practice. From this flows the tonglen practice of taking away the suffering of others and giving them all the happiness and joy. This cultivates our Bodhicitta. Ultimate Bodhicitta is the wisdom realizing emptiness. The combination of Bodhicitta and Śūnyatā (emptiness) is a complete practice leading to enlightenment for the benefit of all. Emaho!

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The heart of the Buddha’s teachings ~ HH Dalai Lama

The heart of the Buddha’s teaching is the combined practice of compassion and wisdom. The practice of bodhicitta, the altruistic spirit of enlightenment, is the essence of all his teaching. The more we become acquainted with a concern for the welfare of others, the more we will regard others dearer than ourselves. We will recognise our dependence on each other and will remember that all 8 billion people in the world today are same in wishing to be happy and to avoid suffering.

Therefore, on this special occasion, I urge my spiritual brothers and sisters to be warm-hearted and lead a meaningful life, to be dedicated to the welfare of others.

Warmheartedness is the key to peace and harmony in the world.

With my prayers and good wishes,

~ HH Dalai Lama

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Rejoice! ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Think about how the great teachers have manifested in this universe: they came, freed themselves and showed others how to be free from destructive emotions, and dualistic confusion, how they benefited beings through countless emanations, teaching the true Dharma through an endless variety of methods. If we rejoice wholeheartedly at such wonderful deeds, then we actually share in their merit and accomplishments.

The same holds true whenever we experience a deeply felt joy with any virtuous action performed by others – teachers, disciples, hermits, or anyone who benefits others. So this rejoicing should be sincere, and come from the depths of our hearts.

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – Guru Yoga

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Our natural mind (awareness itself)

Coming home to the present moment regularly keeps us calmer and balanced. Rather than having our normal outward focus towards the external world, we shift our focus to our inside world. This is where we reconnect with our natural mind. Our natural mind is in the nature of bliss. It also has unconditional love and compassion as its core. Due to this, there is the wisdom that deconstructs our ego. A deconstructed ego is humility. It allows for unlimited unconditional love and compassion since there is much less “me, me, me” stuff. This natural mind is also called awareness. Not awareness of something. Rather, awareness itself. Emaho!

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Empty phenomena ~ Nagarjuna

All beings consist of causes and effects,
In which there is no ‘sentient being’ at all.
From phenomena which are exclusively empty,
There arise only empty phenomena.
All things are devoid of any “I” or “mine”.

Like a recitation, a candle, a mirror, a seal,
A magnifying glass, a seed, sourness, or a sound,
So also with the continuation of the aggregates –
The wise should know they are not transferred.

~ Nagarjuna

The Heart of Dependent Origination, verse 4 & 5

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The nature of distintegrating ~ Dalai Lama


Almost all Buddhists accept that the moment a thing comes into being, it has the nature of disintegrating simply by the fact that it was produced by causes. It is not the case that a cause produces something, that thing remains unchanged for a period of time, and then another condition causes its cessation.

Rather, the very factor that causes something to arise also causes it to cease.

From the very first moment of a thing’s existence, it has the nature of disintegrating.

Momentariness indicates that arising and ceasing are not contradictory but are two attributes of the same process.

– The Dalai Lama

in “Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions”

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Like the empty luminosity of space ~ Kalu Rinpoche

Mind is eclipsed by many different obscurations; if they are removed, mind’s fundamental nature, like the sun shining brightly in a clear, open sky, can manifest all the qualities of wisdom, compassion, and a Buddha’s abilities.

The essence of the Lama or Buddha is emptiness; their nature, clarity; their appearance, the play of unimpeded awareness. Apart from that they have no real material form, shape or colour, whatsoever – like the empty luminosity of space. When we know them to be like that we can develop faith, merge our minds with theirs, and let our minds rest peacefully. This attitude and practice are most important.

~ Kalu Rinpoche

Luminous Mind: Fundamentals of Spiritual Practice

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Nothing is born, nothing dies

“All things are empty:
Nothing is born, nothing dies,
nothing is pure, nothing is stained,
nothing increases and nothing decreases”.

The Heart Sutra

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Reason and analysis ~ HH Dalai Lama

Reason and analysis can help us understand the benefits of compassion. We learn that it yields peace of mind, which leads to inner strength—so fear and suspicion are reduced. If you think about it, you may see that destructive emotions are closely related to self-centredness.

~ HH Dalai Lama

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Allowing yourself to think in skilful ways

“Ajaan Fuang once said that if we could force our way into nirvana, everybody would have arrived there a long time ago. But it’s not something you can do by force. You ultimately get there only through discernment. And discernment starts with learning how to think in the right way. It doesn’t cost anything, doesn’t require a lot of energy: just allowing yourself to think in skillful ways. That can turn you around right there, and head you in the right direction. So before you stop thinking, learn how to think in ways that are really helpful, allow yourself to think in ways that are really helpful, and it will make all the difference in your practice.”

~ Thanissaro Bhikkhu
“The Thinking Cure”

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It is always beneficial to be near a spiritual teacher ~ HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

It is always beneficial to be near a spiritual teacher. These masters are like gardens or medicinal plants, sanctuaries of wisdom. In the presence of a realized master, you will rapidly attain enlightenment. In the presence of an erudite scholar, you will acquire great knowledge. In the presence of a great meditator, spiritual experience will dawn in your mind. In the presence of a bodhisattva, your compassion will expand, just as an ordinary log placed next to a log of sandalwood becomes saturated, little by little, with its fragrance.

~ HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


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A great master ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

Just how a diamond effortlessly reflects any environment while never losing its pristine purity, a great master effortlessly responds to the needs of any being while never leaving the pristine state.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

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All that we are ~ Buddha

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

~ Buddha

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The inseparability of voidness and compassion ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The great teachers of the past considered the most precious teaching to be the inseparability of voidness and compassion. Over and over again, they cultivated love, compassion, joy, and equanimity — the four limitless thoughts out of which the ability to help others arises effortlessly.

Famous for practicing in uncompromising adherence to the teachings, these masters trained themselves first through careful study of the Dharma and then through direct experience in meditation. That is the right way to make progress on the path that leads to the great bliss of ultimate Buddhahood….

It is said, “To wish happiness for others, even for those who want to do us harm, is the source of consummate happiness.” When we reach this level, compassion for all beings arises by itself in a way that is utterly uncontrived….

It is very important to meditate with your whole being on bodhichitta until it becomes clear just how meaningless and frustrating the activities of this life really are.

You will be touched and saddened by the debilitated condition of beings in this dark age, and a strong feeling of determination to be free from samsara will arise.

If these attitudes truly take root, the qualities and achievements of the Mahayana, the great vehicle, are sure to grow from them. But if that genuine determination to be free from samsara is not firmly implanted in your mind, your Dharma practice will never be able to fully develop….

All sentient beings are the same in wishing to be happy and not to suffer. The great difference between oneself and others is in numbers — there is only one of me, but countless others.

So, my happiness and my suffering are completely insignificant compared to the happiness and suffering of infinite other beings. What truly matters is whether other beings are happy or suffering.

This is the basis of bodhichitta. We should wish others to be happy rather than ourselves, and we should especially wish happiness for those whom we perceive as enemies and those who treat us badly.

Otherwise, what is the use of compassion?

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

On The Path to Enlightenment by Matthieu Ricard – Shambhala Publications

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Beyond the four extremes

The four extremes (མཐའ་བཞི་) are a set of four possibilities used in the Madhyamaka school to avoid conceptual elaboration in the understanding of the nature of ultimate reality.

They are:
the extreme of existence (ཡོད་མཐའ།)
the extreme of non-existence (མེད་མཐའ།)
the extreme of being both (existent and non-existent) (གཉིས་ཀའི་མཐའ།)
the extreme of being neither (existent or non-existent) (གཉིས་མིན་གྱི་མཐའ།)

In the Madhyamaka view, none of the above statements are true with regards to the ultimate nature of dharmas. All of the four assertions with respect to dharmas (“phenomena,” “things,” etc.) are not valid on the ultimate level:

things exist
things do not exist
things both exist and do not exist
things neither exist nor do not exist

In other words, according to this view:
Ultimately the true nature of things cannot be conceptualized as either existent, non-existent, both or neither.

Hence, ultimate reality is said to be beyond the “four extremes.”

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The Sixth Ground, The Manifest

Candrakīrti – Madhyamakāvatāra, Entering the Middle Way

Continuation

The Sixth Ground, The Manifest

Verse 6.224
Thus illuminated by the rays of wisdom’s light,
the bodhisattva sees as clearly as a gooseberry on his open palm
that the three realms in their entirety are unborn from their very start,
and through the force of conventional truth, he journeys to cessation.

Verse 6.225
Though his mind may rest continuously in cessation,
he also generates compassion for beings bereft of protection.
Advancing further, he will also outshine through his wisdom
all those born from the Buddha’s speech and the middle buddhas.

Verse 6.226
And like a king of swans soaring ahead of other accomplished swans,
with white wings of conventional and ultimate truths spread wide,
propelled by the powerful winds of virtue, the bodhisattva would cruise
to the excellent far shore, the oceanic qualities of the conquerors.

To be continued…

Translated by Thupten Jinpa

Download full text (different languages available): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y4w2v4ss0toftk1/AADwe2pnp6kF-LGdavVh_8t5a?dl=0
(Folder “Dharma scriptures”, subfolder “Candrakīrti”)

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Absolute nature ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

“Within our own buddha nature we naturally have all the qualities of nirvana, so we do not need to look for them and take possession of them outside. Neither do we need to get rid of anything, because the obscurations that are temporarily veiling our realization of the absolute nature are not inherent to that absolute nature. So with this third wisdom, doubts are completely absent: there is no wondering, “Will I be able to achieve all those qualities?” or “Will I succeed in getting rid of all these defects?”

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
 
“Zurchungpa’s Testament” on Wisdom, p 231 – Snow Lion Publications


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Face with compassion ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

“When problems arise, face them with compassion

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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Autobiography in Verse of *HE KHANDRO TSERINGMA RINPOCHE* / Khandro Kunga Bhuma / Rangjung Neljorma / Khandro Namsel Dorje


Essence that embodies the three refuges,
Kind root lama,
Crown ornament never apart from the top of my head,
Bestow blessings of all that is wished for!

Welcomed by these auspicious pleasing words,
Now I will share the substance:
I am Khandro Tsering Kunga Bum-ma,
My birthplace in a gathering of farmers and nomads.

From age seven I sought to understand the causality of nomadic farmers.
Although I found joy in the meaning of interdependence and isolated retreat,
My parent’s village was lacking education for me.
When looking at outer objects and the mind inside
Some marvelous bliss, clarity and non-thought directly arose.
Various experiences and realizations dawned unimpeded in the mind.

Principal of all divine protectresses of the Victorious One’s teachings,
Glorious Queen, Palden Lhamo Maksor[1]—I saw her joyful face!
She said, “You must go to unfamiliar places at uncertain times.”
I received a promise to grant me prophecies and to continuously take me under her care.
From then on, conceptual fixations collapsed.
In unpredictable ways I visited the sacred sites and the Jowo shrine in Lhasa.
I then went to the great monastic seat of Tashi Lhunpo.
Due to poor sustenance and clothing, I suffered all sorts of struggles.

While on the pilgrimage path, I met an old hermit-sage.
He said in order to revive the Fifth Dalai Lama’s twenty-five hidden teachings,
I must meet the most exalted Dalai Lama.
In that way he bestowed many prophecies,
And gave me provisions and money for the journey.
On the journey, at Mount Kailash and other places,
Within the blissful expanse of illusory relative appearances,
I encountered some spiritual guides such as Jigme Lingpa.

They granted me introduction to the heart essence of the Great Perfection.
Thus, my being was blessed through karma, aspirations, and interdependence.
I received the pith instructions for liberating unfavorable negative circumstances.
As prophesized by deities and lamas, through hardships and trials,
In 1994 I arrived in Swayambu, Nepal.

Sickened by contaminated food, I was afflicted by unbearable suffering.
In that state, pure visions and various other apparent phenomena appeared as perceptions.
Barely surviving, I made it to Dharamsala, in the noble land of India.
How I was received at Nèlen by some heartless staff!

While being denied an audience with His Holiness, a lot of time was lost.
Receiving mistreatment and scorn, this illusory body was filled with illness.
At a time when I was slightly better,
By the power of various prophesies of deities and lamas,
And help given by some spiritual friends,
I got the good fortune, the opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama.

For many years a deity had sometimes taken me over.
I didn’t know who it was, and I didn’t know what to do about it.
At the end of meeting the Great Vajradhara, the Victorious Dalai Lama,
The Protectors Tseringma and Tenma entered me.

I was then authorized and enthroned as the official government oracle of Tseringma and Tenma.
I received uncommon, profound pith instructions from His Holiness on Lama, Yidam, Khandro and Protectors.
Particularly, His Holiness proclaimed I have a special karmic connection with the secret hidden pure visions of the 5th Dalai Lama,
And he authorized me as the Doctrine-holder of those teachings.

The Dalai Lama said I am a self-occurring yogini,
And gave me empowerments, transmissions, and pith instructions.
For ten years I exerted myself earnestly in meditating on approach and accomplishment on what I received from him.

For more than twenty years I received teachings from the King of Victorious Ones, Vajradhara Dalai Lama,
And empowerments, transmissions, and pith instructions on the great scriptures and so forth
Directly from various great masters of all Tibetan Buddhist lineages.

I applied myself for a long time in listening, contemplation, meditation, accomplishment, and the activities.
Realizing emptiness, compassion naturally dawned, and I arrived at faith.
May the undeceiving ocean of the three roots grant auspiciousness!

[1] ‘Queen Pāravatī’, also Shri Devi. A wrathful form of Palden Lhamo. This particular deity is the main protector of the Dalai Lamas. (Posted by Panchen Losang Chogyen Rinpoche, Facebook, 12 May 2023)




𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙥𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙥𝙖𝙡 𝙖𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙝

𝘭𝘢𝘮𝘵𝘴𝘰 𝘯𝘢𝘮 𝘴𝘶𝘮 (Tib); 𝘭𝘢𝘮 𝘨𝘵𝘴𝘰 𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘮 𝘨𝘴𝘶𝘮 (Wyl)
The three main divisions of the lamrim: renunciation, bodhicitta and the right view (of emptiness).
[…]

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With compassion ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Live with compassion
Work with compassion
Die with compassion
Meditate with compassion
Enjoy with compassion
When problems come,
Experience them with compassion.

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

from the book “How to be happy”

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An Overview of the Five Texts of Maitreya

The five treatises of the next Buddha Maitreya are crucial and celebrated because they provide a comprehensive overview of all the essential elements of mahāyāna motivation, view, meditation, conduct, and fruition in a very concise form. Thus, they resemble zip-files that contain all the profound and vast topics of the entire mahāyāna Buddhism.

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Purification of mind

The Teaching on the Great Compassion of the Tathāgata – Ārya tathāgata mahākaruṇā nirdeśanāma mahāyāna sūtra

Continuation

CHAPTER 2

2.339
There are different pairs of causes or conditions for beings’ purification.
Hearing the agreeable sound of the Dharma from another and, having heard it,
Correctly realizing phenomena to be inherently empty
Liberates them from the ocean of existence.

To be continued.

Translated by Anne Burchardi under the patronage and supervision of 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha (https://84000.co/)

Download full text: https://read.84000.co/translation/toh147.html

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Seeing things as they are ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Our difficulty is we don’t see things as they really are. Dharma helps us to understand how to see things as they actually are. When we do this, it stops our negative mind, negative projections, and negative emotions. Then our life becomes simpler and more peaceful, and it also gives us a great opportunity to take more responsibility, with more compassion, and we can handle problems in a much more positive way. Problems then don’t become real problems. We become more accepting and understanding of what is happening around us, whether it concerns business or relatives. There is no separation; there are not two worlds, of business and private life.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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Because we don’t recognize our essential nature ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

“Because we don’t recognize our essential nature — we don’t realize that although appearances arise unceasingly, nothing is really there — we invest with solidity and reality the seeming truth of self, other, and actions between self and others.

This intellectual obscuration gives rise to attachment and aversion, followed by actions and reactions that create karma, solidify into habit, and perpetuate the cycles of suffering.

This entire process needs to be purified.”

~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

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Inner awareness development

No matter how many enemies that one meets, no matter what they do, no matter who they are, not one of them exists without being dependent upon the internal enemy. For as long as there is grasping at ‘self’, there will always be ‘other’. The moment that the mind is rid of this, all enemies, both internal and external, will disappear.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

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Developing inner awareness recognition ~ HH Dalai Lama

If we don’t recognize the disturbances in our mind as poison, we feel that life can pass and we won’t suffer any harm.

With such a mindset, even if we have the best teacher, it won’t work because we don’t feel that we are really sick.

Even if the doctor prescribes the best medicine, it will not work if we do not take that medicine.

~ Dalai Lama

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Cherishing others ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

If you follow self-cherishing [self-clinging] thoughts, those thoughts become your identity. Then anger, pride, the jealous mind – all this negative emotional stuff arises. When you let go of the I and cherish others, negative emotional thoughts do not arise. That’s very clear. Anger does not arise at those you cherish.

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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What we call Dharma ~ Lama Yeshe

𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐’𝘮 𝘴𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘨𝘦-𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘥𝘰𝘮 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘣𝘭𝘦𝘮𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘫𝘰𝘺. 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘋𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘢.
—Lama Yeshe

This collection is drawn from teachings given by Lama Yeshe in the 1970s and 1980s, when he and Lama Zopa Rinpoche traveled the world, teaching extensively. And 𝗞𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗹𝗲𝗱𝗴𝗲-𝗪𝗶𝘀𝗱𝗼𝗺 is a LYWA Free Book-

From Knowledge Wisdom the Peaceful Path to Liberation

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Live our life with a good heart ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

”It is so important to live our life with a good heart, not harming sentient beings and only benefiting them.

🥰Generating loving kindness and compassion, and avoiding the self-cherishing [self-clinging] mind is also unbelievably important for our health [from health of mind].’

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

https://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/advice-from-lama-zopa-rinpoche/you-get-skies-of-merits-by-meditating-on-immeasurable-loving-kindness/

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Every single flower… ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Every single flower here is offered to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha on behalf of every single sentient beings in each realm,

numberless hell beings, numberless hungry ghosts, numberless animals in the numberless universes, every single fish in the ocean,

size as large as a mountain and ones who are so small that you can only see, through a machine,

numberless pitiful ants, numberless pitiful mosquitos, numberless pitiful maggots, slugs, tiny crabs at the beach and so forth,

every animal, numberless human beings in different universes, numberless suras and asuras to be free from the oceans of samsaric sufferings and the causes and to achieve peerless happiness, the cessation of all obstacles, and completion of all realisations.

This means that every single flower is every sentient being’s offering and this is similar with the water offerings, it is offered from every sentient being and is every sentient being’s water offering.

Thank you very much.

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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